While doing charity work, it’s now necessary to watch for falling shopping carts
A Manhattan philanthropist has been critically injured. At first blush, this story promises to be about a socialite attending a $50,000 per plate charity dinner who was injured by slipping on expensive Champagne an hitting her head on a massive bowl of caviar; however, the story is quite different than that.
Marion Salmon Hedges, 47, is a real estate agent from the Upper West side who does a lot of charity work, especially for youth programs. Unfortunately, she is currently unconscious and sedated at the intensive care unit of a Harlem hospital.
She didn’t hurt herself by slipping in Champagne, but rather was hurt in East Harlem by a falling shopping cart on Halloween eve as she was bringing candy for neighborhood kids. The falling shopping cart was pushed over the railing of a walkway in an East Harlem mall. The two boys who are responsible said that they did not know that anyone was below. So hopefully the judge will take this into consideration during their trial. It’s naturally alright to throw shopping carts off of walkways and buildings, just not when there are people underneath.
Marion’s husband, Michael, told the Daily News that she is “going to be, in the best of all cases, in rehabilitation for months.”
There is an even darker side to this story, however; the two boys responsible for the incident were turned in by their 14-year-old friend who had initially tried to stop them. What has our society come to? Those two boys had the initiative to go through with their plan, and the kid who was too much of a sissy became jealous and ratted them out. Do friendships not mean anything anymore? Has the fabric of our society frayed to the extent that we are willing to turn in our friends for an accident that didn’t even cause a death?
What’s worse is that some jackass will now coin a derogatory term off of this, calling large objects thrown off of high places “Harlem rain”. Harlem really doesn’t need any more negative things associated with it.